ken marsden  photography

(For a gallery of the photographs exhibited in these various exhibitions, please click here)

The New Forest National Park Boundary: Seeing Landscape Differently
New Forest Centre Gallery, Lyndhurst, Hampshire
8 June – 14 July 2013

Each one of the twelve photographs in this exhibition measures 12 x 84 inches and they form one of two parts, (the second part being an illustrated written text), of my submission for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at the School of Art and Design, Bath Spa University.

The photographs question the notion of a geo-political boundary (i.e. the New Forest National Park boundary) that acts as a metaphor for landscape hierarchy (establishing ring-fenced categories of landscape) and highlights the unnecessary division between the scenic and the non-scenic landscape – the ‘barricade of beauty’.

Exhibition poster
Exhibition photographs
Photographer’s statement
New Forest National Park map and legend
Visitor comments
Photographs of the exhibition
Film of the exhibition
Film of the graduation




Boundaries have shaped our past and control our
present. They affect the way we navigate through our
towns and cities and traverse our countryside, simul-
taneously dividing and containing us. This exhibition
shows a selection of work by three photographers who
are exploring the different ways that natural, con-
structed and perceived boundaries are established and
marked. Their work also comments upon the impact
boundaries have upon our daily lives, issues of land
ownership, exclusion and control.

Boundary research statement
Boundary march 2011exhibition flyer

Boundary march 2011 exhibition gallery
Boundary march 2011 exhibition screen


Close-Up: A Photographic Study of Architectural Details in Lytham and Ansdell

Kirby Gallery, Lytham Heritage Centre, Lytham St. Annes, Lancashire,
4th – 20th November, 1998

(This exhibition was funded by a research grant awarded by the College Research Group of Blackpool and the Fylde College).

A series of photographs which reveal the splendour of the elegantly detailed architectural heritage of two small adjacent towns on the Fylde Coast in Lancashire.

The familiar symbols and motifs of the Art Nouveau style (e.g. plants, leaves and curved patterns) were found adorning a range of both public and private dwellings in Lytham and Ansdell.

Some of the architectural details were located in rather awkward positions but nonetheless were clearly evident on, for example, steel guttering and downspouts as well as brick and stone carvings and sculptural reliefs.

Fragments: Unfamiliar Photographs of a Familiar World

Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, Lancashire, 14th May – 16th June, 1998.

(For this exhibition I was awarded an artist’s exhibiting fee).

A series of colour photographs primarily concerned with expressing notions of fragmentation, desolation and flux through subjects that include water, walls and windows. Some of the photographs depict blurred and distorted images that the human eye cannot normally perceive, which has long been a source of fascination for me.

The Oddness of the Everyday

Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, Lancashire, 2nd June – 12th July 1997.

Some of my photographs were selected for display in this exhibition as part of the Northern Exposure Open Photography Competition.


Untitled Works

Palatine Gallery, Blackpool School of Art and Design, Lancashire, 23rd April – 23rd May, 1997

An experimental series of abstract and semi-abstract colour photographs.

Sunderland Point

Scott Gallery, University of Lancaster, Lancaster, Lancashire, 2nd – 20th December, 1985. (This exhibition was funded in part by North-West Arts.)

A series of photographs depicting the eerie timelessness of a small remarkably well preserved eighteenth-century cotton port situated at the mouth of the River Lune, near Lancaster and which is completely separated from the mainland at high tide.

The photographs were shot on 35mm black and white infra-red film and printed on selenium toned fibre-based paper.

Landscape Photographs

Gray Art Gallery, Hartlepool, Cleveland, 10th September – 9th October, 1983.

A series of predominantly black and white landscape photographs taken in various locations including Cleveland, Durham, Cumbria, Bristol and the South of France during the period 1979 – 83.

Images of Cleveland

Glass Gallery, Darlington Arts Centre, Durham, 20th September – 23rd October, 1982.

A series of urban and rural black and white landscape photographs taken within the county of Cleveland.

They attempt to portray the contrasting light and texture of the landscape, particularly with regard to how it helped to shape and compliment the social and industrial lifestyle of the community.

all photographs © ken marsden    design © rg 2013